Future Challenges for the OPCW

August 19, 2022

Moderator: Jean du Preez, Senior Program Manager for Education and Training, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), former Chief of External Relations and International Cooperation at the CTBTO.

Speaker: Ambassador (R) Ahmet Uzumcu, Former Director General of the OPCW

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has diligently responded to the allegations of use of chemical weapons (CWs) in Syria and elsewhere. It had used all available mechanisms and invented new ones to investigate such allegations. The taboo against the use of CWs is intact. However, the political divisions among the membership appears to be the main challenge for the organization. More efforts must be made to uphold the credibility and the integrity of the Chemical Weapons Convention.



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